HAMILTON EDGES EVER CLOSER TO SCHUMACHER
Lewis Hamilton has now joined the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio on five Formula 1 world titles and it would be easy to argue that his 2018 campaign was his best so far. Ferrari had a faster car for significant chunks of the season and yet Hamilton had the points lead even before Mercedes came on strong after the summer break. It is remarkable that Michael Schumacher’s records of seven titles and 91 world championship grand prix wins – which just a few years ago seemed unapproachable – are now within range. Hamilton’s tallies are currently five and 71 respectively. Who you think is the greatest F1 driver of all time will depend on many factors, not least of which is likely to be your age and the type of driver you most admire. But there can be no doubt that Hamilton has earned a place in the debate, and it seems unlikely that he won’t add to his case in the months (and years?) to come. Who can stop him? Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari need to seriously regroup after their challenge fell apart, but clearly the potential is there. Perhaps more intriguing is Red Bull and Max Verstappen. Red Bull remains one of the most-savvy teams in the paddock and can still produce a top chassis. If Honda’s upward trajectory continues, perhaps Verstappen – who was superb in Mexico last weekend – will get a shot at Lewis before the rules change in 2021. One of motor racing’s greatest appeals is the mix of human and technology, and our Mobility Special distills this to its finest degree. Motorsport isn’t always the most progressive of places, but big advancements have been made in helping those with injuries in recent years. There are some remarkable stories in the supplement and we thank all those who agreed to be involved.